Gain direct access to the London theatre industry and the opportunity to write your own full-length play.

  • Write scripts ready for performance, including a full-length thesis play.
  • Modules delivered by leading industry professionals.

Why study Playwriting?

The UK theatre scene is a world leader in the creation of new plays, showcasing the most exciting voices in drama.

On the MA Playwriting degree, you will learn the building blocks of the dramatic craft and gain practical experience of the London theatre industry, through:

  • reading and analyzing the most exciting contemporary scripts
  • attending live theatre in London and meeting theatre-makers
  • visiting lectures from industry professionals in a range of roles
  • experience of theatre research and critical writing
  • the Creative Workshop (a dynamic module across two semesters) on which you will create your own full-length thesis play
  • insight into the Business of Playwriting and starting your career

Study Details:

MA/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time

Module Details:

  • Making Theatre
  • London Fringe Theatre
  • London Physical Theatre and Live Art
  • Researching and Working in Theatre
  • London in Performance- the Art of Reading Plays
  • The Business of Playwriting
  • Creative Workshop

Student Destinations

Drama St Mary’s graduates have gone on to work in a range of related arts industries. Our courses prepare students to find consistent, professional work in their chosen field.

The module The Business of Playwriting aims to introduce students to a range of new writing networks as well as look closely at funding for projects, commissions, publishing and being a writer every day.


Entry Requirements

A first degree at second-class level or above (or equivalent) is required.

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